Monica Marioni #lasciamiandare

Monica Marioni
#let me go
Monumental Complex of San Domenico Maggiore, Naples
5 – 26 November 2022

From 5 to 26 November 2022, the large Refectory of the Monumental Complex of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples welcomes the new chapter of #let me gothe project / container by Monica Marioni that develops in an itinerary spread in various locations throughout the Italian peninsula.

After the preview at Villa Lysis in Capri and the stop at the Bunker in Caldogno (VI), #let me go returns to Campania, in one of the most evocative places of the Neapolitan city, thanks to the support and collaboration of the Municipality of Naples.

#let me go it tells of the progressive regaining of one’s own judgment, of the correct perspective of oneself and of the world, at the end of a toxic relationship. Starting from a personal experience, the project is divided into a corpus of works whose theme is the emblematic psychological dynamics of emotional dependence.

The Neapolitan exhibition, curated by Maria Savarese and Maria Rosa Sossai, is included in the cultural program of the Municipality of Naples and focuses on the sacred aspect of the works in relation to the space that welcomes them. The exhibition itinerary set up inside the former refectory of the convent leads the visitor into an atmosphere full of spirituality.

The exhibition describes the ideal baptism of the victim of abuse who, once freed from imprisonment and traveled the path of rebirth, has now come to new life.

A great light box highly symbolic opens the review, recalling the liturgy of the first centuries of Christianity, when the bodies of catechumens were immersed in the baptismal font. Following this, a “rose” of monitors represents the path of rebirth, through the artist’s recent performances.

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The staging reaches its peak on the back wall of the majestic central aisle. On the entire wall, under the seventeenth-century fresco depicting the Last Supper, the performance entitled The prey in which the images of the artist’s body, as in a metaphorical Way of the crosswill pass from one projection to another, thus creating a rhythm with an intense visual and emotional effect.

The spatiality of the place – says Monica Marioni – will be the protagonist, through an installation centered on symmetries. The reference to the baptismal act is as much formal as it is content, in terms of the rite of passage in which the newborn comes into contact with the social sphere, acquiring an identity only at that moment.“.

The project #let me go – curated by Maria Savarese, in collaboration with Maria Rosa Sossai and Igor Zanti, and the contribution of the psychologist Stefano Di Carlo – will be completed with the last appointment in 2022, scheduled for early December at the Municipal Historical Archives of Palermo curated by Maria Rosa Sossai.

The catalog, in which the entire artistic and exhibition story will converge, is dedicated to Vittorio Carità.

Biographical notes

Monica Marioni was born in Conegliano Veneto (TV) in 1972 but moved very young to Vicenza where she still lives a few months a year. A multidisciplinary artist, Marioni makes art a profession following the meeting with Antonina Zaru, gallery owner, patron, already friend and accomplice of internationally renowned artists such as Nam June Paik, Luca Pignatelli, Giovanni Frangi, Velasco, Salvatore Garau.

She was the first to recognize Monica’s potential, prompting her to take her first steps starting from Naples, with a collective exhibition at Palazzo Crispi. The multi-year collaboration culminates with the invitation to create a monumental work as part of a collateral event at the 53rd Venice Biennale of Art. This is how she creates Ego, installation and video art combined in a single work. In moving from abstraction to figuration, and from painting to other forms, he arrives at “digital painting” with the project Nymphspresented in Vicenza on the initiative of the Vignato per l’Arte Foundation, and in I AMset up in Milan at the Stelline Foundation, curated by Oliver Orest Tschirky, during which he meets the performance for the first time, hosting the German Butoh dancer Imre Thormann.

With REBUS, of 2013, Monica Marioni returns to the material in mixed media to give body to an ethereal and enigmatic narration, a prelude to the iconicity of the subsequent works of HUNGER!project designed for EXPO 2015 – Feed the planet, but soon freed himself to tell all the “fami” proper to the contemporary individual, through the coexistence of paintings, photos, installations and performative moments.

With HUNGER! at the PAN in Naples, the collaboration with the curator Maria Savarese begins through the film project HUMAN FEARS: starting from a series of performances by the artist, director Nicolangelo Gelormini shot a 14-minute art film.
The latest project, HOTEL MO.MAcurated by Maria Rosa Sossai and presented in February 2019 in Vicenza, marked a decisive approach towards a more minimal and conceptual, installation and performative art, closely linked to a fundamental figure of Italian architecture such as Carlo Scarpa.

In all its forms, Monica Marioni’s artistic attention is always focused on the human figure, which she represents with a vast and varied range of expression capable of recounting the fears, anxieties and neuroses of the contemporary individual.

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Monica Marioni
#let me go

  • curated by Maria Savarese and Maria Rosa Sossai
  • 5 – 26 November 2022
    Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00
    Opening Saturday 5th November 2022, from 11am to 5pm
  • Large refectory of the Monumental Complex of San Domenico Maggiore
    Vico San Domenico Maggiore 18, Naples
  • Free admission

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